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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/31/2016
- We'll introduce you to a World War 2 veteran who had the honor of reciting the Gettysburg Address during a Memorial Day Ceremony.

We'll bring you the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man said he "watched his home melt away," during a fire Tuesday morning just east of the city.

The man and his four-year-old son were able to get out of the trailer home unhurt. Two other members of the family weren't home at the time. But the fire completely destroyed their home and nearly everything in it.

People at the trailer park in the Town of Pelican could only watch as their neighbors' house burned to ashes.

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CRANDON - When Crandon's Jared Moore first picked up trumpet as a hobby three-and-a-half-years ago, he never thought he would have the opportunity to study at a prestigious performing arts high school.

Now, Jared could study at Interlochen Center For The Arts near Traverse City, Michigan for his four years of high school.

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TOMAHAWK - A Tomahawk police officer pulled an autistic boy to safety after the 10-year-old went too far into a river.

Saturday afternoon around one, Tomahawk police got a call about an unattended child in the water near Kings Road and the Highway 51 bridge.  The child refused to come out.

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MINOCQUA - While the rain this weekend stopped some Memorial Day activities, businesses in the Northwoods saw sales boom. Rain made tourists head indoors to see what different businesses had to offer.

Many Minocqua area businesses said the weekend was very busy because of the rainy and cloudy weather. Business was slower Monday compared to the weekend.

At Dan's Minocqua Fudge this weekend, staff saw thousands come in to shop.

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TOMAH - After the death of several veterans, a review of the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center finds "systemic failures".

A staff report by the Republican majority of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee was released Today.

It found the VA inspector general's office discounted evidence and testimony.

The report says the office also needlessly narrowed its inquiry.....and has no standard for measuring wrongdoing.

The report says the office's failure to publish results of an investigation into the Tomah facility "compromised veteran care."

It also says a culture of fear and whistleblower retaliation continues at the facility.

VA inspectors in 2014 found that doctors were over-prescribing painkillers.

The deaths of three patients remain under investigation.

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ABRAMS, WI - Sheriff's officials have searched a golf course in Oconto County as they look for a man who exchanged gunfire with a deputy.

Oconto County Sheriff Michael Jansen says the search of Pine Acres Golf Course in Abrams Tuesday morning hasn't turned up anything.

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CINCINNATI - Animal rights activists have gathered at the Cincinnati Zoo for a vigil in remembrance of a gorilla who was fatally shot to protect a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into its exhibit.

Dozens of people were outside the zoo Monday afternoon. They held signs with messages such as "Rest in Peace Harambe."

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SHARON, WI - Authorities say four people were killed and four others were injured when a fully loaded semi-truck hit a pickup truck and SUV in Walworth County.

The Walworth County Sheriff's Office says a preliminary investigation finds that the semi-truck was headed north on Highway K about 11:45 a.m. Saturday when the pickup truck failed to yield at a stop sign.

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